After Progress: Reason and Religion at the End of the Industrial Age

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Progress is not just a goal in the West—it's a religion. Most people believe in its inherent value as enthusiastically and uncritically as medieval peasants believed in heaven and hell. Our faith in progress drives the popular insistence that peak oil and climate change don't actually matter—after all, our lab-coated high priests will surely bring forth yet another miracle to save us all.

Unfortunately, progress as we've known it has been entirely dependent on the breakneck exploitation of half a billion years of stored sunlight in the form of fossil fuels. As the age of this cheap, abundant energy draws to a close, progress is grinding to a halt. Unforgiving planetary limits are teaching us that our blind faith in endless exponential growth is a dangerous myth.

After Progress addresses this looming paradigm shift, exploring the shape of history from a perspective on the far side of the coming crisis. John Michael Greer's startling examination of the role our belief systems play in the evolution of our collective consciousness is required reading for anyone concerned about making sense of the future at a time when we must seek new sources of meaning, value, and hope for the era ahead.

John Michael Greer is a scholar of ecological history and an internationally renowned futurist whose blog, The Archdruid Report, has become one of the most widely cited online resources dealing with the fate of industrial society. He is the author of over thirty books, including Green Wizardry and The Long Descent.

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Progress is the God of the modern world. What happens once God is dead?

Our society’s worship of the idea of progress constitutes a formidable roadblock to successful adaptation to what our climate-changed, resource-depleted future has in store. John Michael Greer doesn’t just identify that roadblock he dynamites and bulldozes it, using his characteristically sharp wit and expansive knowledge of cultural history.
---Richard Heinberg, author, The End of Growth

an excellent introduction to Greer’s insightful big-picture thinking grounded in an all-too-rare knowledge of history, ecology, and economics. --- Rev. Michael Dowd, author, Thank God for Evolution



Progress is not just a goal in the West it’s a religion. Our faith in progress drives the popular insistence that peak oil and climate change don’t actually matter after all, our lab-coated high priests will surely bring forth yet another miracle to save us all. Unfortunately, progress as we’ve known it has been entirely dependent on the breakneck exploitation of half a billion years of stored sunlight in the form of fossil fuels. As the age of this cheap, abundant energy draws to a close, our blind faith in exponential economic growth is coming up hard against unforgiving planetary limits.

After Progress addresses this looming paradigm shift, exploring the shape of history from a perspective on the far side of the coming crisis. Required reading for anyone concerned about making sense of the future at a time when we must seek new sources of meaning, value and hope for the era ahead.


a thought-provoking book [that] provides a cautionary tale about human illusions of domination over nature and scientific rescue from our excessive consumption of natural resources that we ignore at our peril. ---Paul Kivel, author, Living in the Shadow of the Cross



John Michael Greer is a scholar of ecological history and an internationally renowned futurist whose blog, The Archdruid Report, has become one of the most widely cited online resources dealing with the fate of industrial society. He is the author of over 30 books, including Green Wizardry and The Long Descent.
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Progress is the God of the modern world. What happens once God is dead?

Our society’s worship of the idea of progress constitutes a formidable roadblock to successful adaptation to what our climate-changed, resource-depleted future has in store. John Michael Greer doesn’t just identify that roadblock―he dynamites and bulldozes it, using his characteristically sharp wit and expansive knowledge of cultural history.
---Richard Heinberg, author, The End of Growth

... an excellent introduction to Greer’s insightful big-picture thinking grounded in an all-too-rare knowledge of history, ecology, and economics. --- Rev. Michael Dowd, author, Thank God for Evolution

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Progress is not just a goal in the West―it’s a religion. Our faith in progress drives the popular insistence that peak oil and climate change don’t actually matter―after all, our lab-coated high priests will surely bring forth yet another miracle to save us all. Unfortunately, progress as we’ve known it has been entirely dependent on the breakneck exploitation of half a billion years of stored sunlight in the form of fossil fuels. As the age of this cheap, abundant energy draws to a close, our blind faith in exponential economic growth is coming up hard against unforgiving planetary limits.

After Progress addresses this looming paradigm shift, exploring the shape of history from a perspective on the far side of the coming crisis. Required reading for anyone concerned about making sense of the future at a time when we must seek new sources of meaning, value and hope for the era ahead.

...
...a thought-provoking book [that] provides a cautionary tale about human illusions of domination over nature and scientific rescue from our excessive consumption of natural resources that we ignore at our peril. ---Paul Kivel, author, Living in the Shadow of the Cross

...

John Michael Greer is a scholar of ecological history and an internationally renowned futurist whose blog, The Archdruid Report, has become one of the most widely cited online resources dealing with the fate of industrial society. He is the author of over 30 books, including Green Wizardry and The Long Descent.

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John Michael Greer is a scholar of ecological history and an internationally renowned futurist whose blog, The Archdruid Report, has become one of the most widely cited online resources dealing with the fate of industrial society. He is the author of more than 30 books including Green Wizardry and The Long Descent. As well as being a certified Master Conserver and devoted organic gardener, Greer continues to practice a myriad of skills culled from the appropriate tech movement. He has been active in contemporary nature spirituality for more than 25 years.

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